Archive for August 17, 2012

Ranking Disney: #28 – Tarzan (1999)

Like most Disney movies post-Pocahontas, I didn’t see this film around the time when it came out. I didn’t see it until very recently. (The only Disney movies between Pocahontas and Bolt that I didn’t see for the first time within the past two months are Hunchback, Fantasia 2000, Emperor’s New Groove, and very, very few parts of Lilo & Stitch.) And I didn’t know what I’d make of it. I’m not the biggest fan of the Tarzan story. Most movies end up being the same for me. They have their fascinating aspects, but there’s only one way to skin that cat, you know?

But I figured I’d enjoy it enough to put it in this area, and from the start I assumed it would be in the 26-30 area. And when I watched it — it didn’t disappoint. I actually watched this one twice. The first time I saw it, I thought it was pretty good, but since I wasn’t totally invested in the story, I thought I might drop it to #31 or #32. But the second time I watched it, I realized how much I really liked certain aspects of it, particularly how they develop Tarzan and Jane’s relationship (aside from those goddamn montages they love doing these days), and how gorgeous the animation is.

Plus, who doesn’t love Phil Collins?

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Pic of the Day: “You were right about her, Mittens. She uh, well… it wasn’t real.” “No, Bolt, it is real. I was in there just now. I saw her face after you left. She’s brokenhearted. She doesn’t want just any dog. She loves you. She’s your person, Bolt, and you are her dog.”


The Box Office Report – August 17-19

Last week, in Box Office…

The Bourne Legacy exceeded most people’s expectations (but not as much as was initially reported) and made $38.1 million. The early estimates were $30-35 million, so it did slightly better than the higher end of expectations, but the initial Friday numbers were like, $45 million. I’m happier with this number. It feels right. I hear it’s pretty good, and since there’s no single reason why people don’t like it that I’ve heard from those who don’t like it (and most of the ones I’ve heard are stupid at that), so I’m hoping I really enjoy it.

The Campaign opened to $26.6 million. Second place. I’ll talk about this once I see it.

The Dark Knight Rises dropped to third, and pulled in another $19 million. They’ll hit $400 million on this by next weekend. Good for them.

Hope Springs opened to $14.7 million, which is to be expected out of the film, and actually pretty strong, all things considered. It also made $19 million from Wednesday, so to me, they’re doing really well so far.

Total Recall, on the other hand (which I saw and really enjoyed. I don’t know what most of you fuckers were expecting, but I thought it was well worth my time), dropped almost 70% in its second weekend, making $8 million and only $44 million after two weeks. It cost $125 million (and lord knows how much to market), so — ouch. (more…)